Irma is forecast to strengthen into hurricane Thursday

Meteorologists expect Tropical Storm Irma to become the fourth hurricane of the season on Thursday.  

The storm continued to intensify steadily in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and was pushing west in the direction of the Leeward Islands.

Although the storm doesn't present an immediate threat to any land areas, Local 10 News Hurricane Specialist Max Mayfield said Irma is "not going to go away anytime soon." 

Meteorologists expect the storm to have maximum sustained winds strengthening to 120 mph Monday evening and to move Northwest up towards the U.S.

It's too early to tell if the storm is going to impact U.S. land, but that could change next week. 

"This is definitely one we need to keep an eye on for later in the Bahamas and South Florida," Mayfield said.

Download the Local 10 Hurricane Survival Guide  and the Max Tracker app for iOS and ANDROID.

This BBSNews article was syndicated from News | WPLG, and written by News | WPLG. Read the original article here.